Diabetes Risk Factors You Must Be Aware Of

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Filed Under: Diabetes, Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Just about anyone can develop type 2 diabetes, but research has shown that certain individuals seem to be more susceptible than others. Let’s take a look at two common type 2 diabetes risk factors.

Genetics

Some research has found that people who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes typically have at least one close relative who has the disease. That being said, if you have a family history of diabetes, it is important that you take steps now to manage the risk factors that you can control so you can avoid diabetes and its complications.

Age

According to recent findings published by the CDC, the age bracket with the highest percentage of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes is the 60+ age group.

However, the CDC also found that of the approximate 1.6 million new cases of diabetes that were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2007, most of them (approx. 819,000) occurred in those aged 40–59 years.

Furthermore, while there are no firm statistics available, more and more young adults and children are now being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes—a disease that has historically been confined to adults aged 40 years and older.

Additional diabetes risk factors will be discussed in future blog postings.  I’ll also be sharing natural remedies for diabetes.  Stay tuned.

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